Bali is a truly multifaceted island. Boasting rugged coastlines and dense jungle, a bustling capital city, and quaint, quiet villages.
Sidemen Village in Karangasem Regency is a traditional Balinese village that is fast gaining the attention of travelers from all around the world.
If you can conjure an image of a typical Balinese village in your mind, it’s probably going to look a lot like Sidemen. Dreamy, jungly, and an absolute must-visit during your trip to the Island of the Gods.
Located in the heart of Karangsaem Regency, the Sidemen Village is a 90-minute drive from central Ubud or just over an hour from the coastal resort of Sanur.
Perfect for a day trip or a few days of respite on a long journey through Bali, Sidemen offers cultural gems, amazing food, and a chance to connect with the Balinese way of life.
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The first stop on a visit to Sidemen is a tour of the rice fields.
The island of Bali is home to many important rice terraces, the most famous of which are Tegallalang, Jatiluwih, and Munduk. Naturally, being as famous as they are, these three island landscapes draw in hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
If you’re looking to experience the rice fields in a quieter and more relaxed way, Sidemen Rice Terraces are for you.
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The Sidemen Rice Terraces are open to visit by donation, and you are free to follow the farm track pathways through the agricultural landscape.
The rice terraces are indescribably picturesque and play an important role in the cultural heritage of rural Balinese communities.
There are a few housekeeping rules to remember when visiting rice fields anywhere in Bali:
- Never walk into the rice paddy to take photos or pick the rice for yourself. While the paddies are popular photo spots, they are, first and foremost, a source of food and income for local communities. Farmers work tirelessly to maintain the fields and grow their crops; their land and livelihoods must always be respected by visitors.
- Never litter and dress modestly and respectfully, remembering that bikinis and board shorts are designed for the beach.
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If you’re the creative type, Sidemen has a lot to offer, from cooking classes to silver-making sessions; you can get a taste of the artisan skills of rural Bali.
Agung Silver in Sidemen offers an incredible silver-making course. Guests can learn to make a ring, bracelet, or even a necklace pendant in the space of just three hours.
Using traditional silver-making techniques and artisanal tools, the team at Agung Silver guides visitors in designing, making, fitting, and polishing their own silver jewelry.
It is a real skill to master, and the teachers are kind, understanding, and exceptionally talented.
Silver classes start at IDR 450,000 for 3 hours and include 5 grams of silver.
If you want to make a bigger piece, you absolutely can. The studio charges an extra IDR 50,000 per gram of extra silver used.
Sidemen village is a dream for waterfall chasers and adventure lovers. Tukad Cepung is one of Bali’s most magnificent waterfalls.
Located deep in the jungle outside of Sidemen Village, the waterfall is like something out of a children’s fairytale or something that you think you’d only ever see in National Geographic.
The best time to visit Tukad Cepung is in the early morning; while it rarely gets crazy busy, if you want to have the waterfall to yourself…you better get there before anyone else!
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Sidemen is an ideal day trip from Ubud or even Sanur. If you have the time, stay a few nights in Sidemen Village.
Ease into the slower and more relaxed pace of life, breathe in the clean countryside air, and take time to get to know the local community.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Sidemen Village, many offering stunning views of the jungle or the rice paddies.
In true Bali form, there is something for every budget. Darmada Eco Resort is a cute local guest house great for mid-budget explorers, or if you want to splurge, check out Samanvaya Luxury Resort and Spa.
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